“Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with the twelve stars above her head as a crown.”
I know I’m making a bit of a jump ahead, but there is a reason for this. On the 23rd September 2017 there was a planetary alignment in the constellation of Virgo, the Virgin or the Woman. The moon, the sun, Jupiter in Virgo and the planets Mercury, Venus and Mars in Leo just above her head. Along with 9 stars of the constellation of Leo this makes 12 stars above her head. Lots of speculative stuff appeared on the internet and there are loads of clips on Youtube. You might think you had entered the Christian Loony fringe or the Christian Twilight Zone.
For balance there is a good clip on this youtube site;
which shows that the fit to the woman in Rev 12 is not that good.
There is also considerable debate over who the woman in Rev 12 is. Is she Our Blessed Lady, is she the church or is she Israel?
Still one other factor of interest to us Catholics is that this alignment, although it has occurred before, has occurred this time in September 2017, one hundred years after the appearances of Our Lady of Fatima.
What do I make of it? At best I would call it a “coincidental pointer” encouraging us to look at and prayerfully ponder Rev 12. At worst it would be a “huge distraction” if we were to spend too much time on it or read too much into it. Hmmm!
I’ll get back to the second half of chapter one next time.